50 Cent closed out night one of Rolling Loud New York in star-studded fashion. The G-Unit boss took to the Citi Field festival’s Deleon Stage in his hometown borough of Queens for his first headlining performance in front of thousands of concertgoers in at least two years on Thursday (October 28).
After running through his first string of greatest hits including “What Up Gangsta,” “Magic Stick” and “Hate It Or Love It,” 50 temporarily left the stage and brought out his first guest in A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, who entertained the crowd with “Drowning” and Pop Smoke’s “Hello” (despite being hampered with mic issues).
Upon returning, 50 swapped his leather tracksuit ensemble for a metallic vest and matching pants.
50 Cent quickly launched the gray jacket into the stands and proceeded to diss Diddy. He blamed his stylist for the selection and explained that he didn’t like it because it made him feel like the Puff in his late ’90s “Shiny Suit Era” videos.
“You know why I threw that jacket,” he said. “It made me look like Puffy.”
50 and Diddy’s feud dates back years. The Queens rapper called Diddy “gay” during an appearance on The Breakfast Club in 2018 and earlier this year, rumors of Puff Daddy dating Daphne Joy, who has an 8-year-old son named Sire with 50, began to spread after they were sported together in April.
Following a guest appearance from A$AP Rocky, DaBaby made his return to the Rolling Loud stage on behalf of 50 Cent. The North Carolina native received severe backlash for his comments at Rolling Loud Miami in July and the homophobic rant saw him removed from several summer festivals.
“The n-gga you thought you wasn’t gonna see on stage no more,” DaBaby told the crowd during his entrance.
According to TMZ, Rolling Loud organizers approved of DaBaby’s appearance as a special guest for 50’s set. In the months following his controversial remarks, Baby apologized and met with nine U.S. HIV awareness organizations who sent him an open letter on to meet and discuss facts about the disease.
DaBaby finished off his medley of “ROCKSTAR,” “Suge” and “Bop” by stage diving into the crowd. 50 Cent then returned and proved he would be a tough Verzuz opponent for just about any rapper as he fired off hit after hit from his decorated discography, with tracks not much younger than a large portion of the fans in attendance.
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